Lindsey Helmer Hazelton is a partner in the Labor & Employment Practice. Ms. Hazelton represents both private and public-sector employers in all aspects of labor and employment law. She regularly counsels clients on a variety of employment issues, including discrimination and harassment, wage and overtime matters, hiring and termination strategies, employee discipline and leaves of absence, and defends employment litigation claims before state and federal agencies and in the courts.
Ms. Hazelton’s practice also focuses on the representation of management, municipalities and school districts in labor matters, such as collective bargaining, contract management, grievance administration, labor arbitrations and unfair labor practice proceedings.
Ms. Hazelton is a frequent lecturer and also provides in-house training sessions to clients on various labor and employment topics, including but not limited to:
- Avoiding and defending harassment claims
- Best practices for discipline and documentation
- Handling requests for leaves and accommodations
- Social media in the workplace
- Employment classifications and joint employer issues
- Successfully defended various employers and obtained “No Probable Cause” findings and summary judgment in numerous employment discrimination and retaliation claims filed with state and federal administrative agencies and in federal district courts.
- Obtained a jury verdict in favor of an employer in a national origin discrimination, harassment and retaliation suit brought by a former employee. (U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York).
- Obtained a jury verdict following a two week trial in favor of a public employer and four individually named defendants in a First Amendment retaliation suit brought by a former employee. (U.S. District Court, Northern District of New York).
- Obtained a jury verdict in favor of an employer and an alleged joint employer on sexual harassment and retaliation claims brought against the company president. (U.S. District Court, Northern District of New York).
- Assisted employers in responding to investigative audits initiated by various state and federal agencies, including the United States and New York State Departments of Labor, OSHA and the IRS.